Students learn more about Sept. 11


Thursday, September 11th 2008, 6:17 pm
By: News 9


By Jon Jordan, NEWS 9

CATOOSA, Okla. -- While many of us are spending the day remembering the tragic events of Sept. 11, for one group they are left asking what Sept. 11 is.

A group of fifth-graders at Stan Waite Elementary were too young at the time to remember the attacks.

When asking some of these students what happened on Sept. 11 it's not surprising you get a lot of blank stares, some completely unaware the events ever took place. For this reason officials at Stan Waite Elementary wanted to give their students a history lesson.

The horrible images of planes crashing into buildings as well as the mass chaos that followed on Sept. 11 can be hard to bare and impossible to forget, but only for some.

"The bombing was, I don't know what year, something, wasn't it in April?" fifth-grader Jayoene Garcia said.

"I don't know much, I've never heard of it," fifth-grader Jimmi Garza said.

The students in Mrs. Wilkerson's class are fifth-graders now, but on Sept. 11, 2001 many of them were too young to remember.

To help these students better understand, the school brought in a local FBI employee to help describe some of the events that had taken place.

Linda Vernon, an FBI employee who had the responsibility of digging through some of the rubble from the twin towers, didn't just explain what happened, but showed the students. Ultimately it became a show and tell that likely left a lasting impression.

"It makes me feel sad, because if it was you it would be sad burning in the building," fifth-grader daisy Lujan said.

Part of the reason Wilkerson wanted to have her class go through this demonstration wasn't just so they would know about the events that took place, but to make them aware an event like Sept. 11 could happen again.

Not only Stan Waite but schools across the metro spent the day in their own ways remembering Sept 11.